How Does DEIB Show Up in the Workplace?

June 1, 2024
5 min read

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) are critical pillars of modern workplaces that strive to create an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees. Organizations committed to DEIB actively work to ensure that every employee feels valued and respected, regardless of their background. Here's a look at how DEIB manifests in the workplace through various practices and initiatives.


Companies that prioritize DEIB actively seek to diversify their workforce through inclusive hiring practices. For example, Salesforce implemented the "Rooney Rule," which requires interviewing at least one qualified underrepresented candidate for every leadership position. This approach ensures a diverse pool of candidates and promotes equal opportunities for all.


Organizations demonstrate DEIB by implementing inclusive policies and benefits that support diverse employee needs. Airbnb, for instance, offers a unique travel stipend to its employees, encouraging them to experience different cultures and communities. This benefit promotes diversity and cultural understanding, reflecting the company's commitment to inclusivity.  


ERGs provide a platform for employees from diverse backgrounds to connect, support, and advocate for one another. Microsoft's ERGs, such as Blacks at Microsoft (BAM), Asians at Microsoft (AAM), Global LGBTQIA+ Employees and Allies at Microsoft (GLEAM), and more enable employees to find community, access resources, and pursue career development opportunities. These groups help create a sense of belonging and support within the organization.


Companies invest in DEIB-focused training and development programs to create awareness, foster inclusive behaviors, and address biases. Unilever's "Unstereotype" initiative, for example, trains marketers and agencies on combating stereotypes in advertising. Such programs are essential in promoting an inclusive workplace culture.


DEIB starts at the top, and organizations with strong leadership commitment set the tone for inclusive cultures. IBM's CEO, Arvind Krishna, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, signaling the company's dedication to advancing DEIB efforts. Leadership commitment is crucial in driving meaningful change within the organization.


Companies committed to DEIB prioritize pay equity and transparency to eliminate wage gaps. Salesforce conducted a comprehensive pay equity analysis and committed $3 million to address any identified unexplained differences in pay. This effort ensures fair compensation practices and reinforces the organization's commitment to equity.


Organizations demonstrate DEIB by actively engaging and supporting diverse suppliers. Johnson & Johnson's Supplier Diversity Program seeks to work with businesses owned by minority, women, and veteran entrepreneurs. This initiative helps promote economic inclusion and supports diverse business communities.


DEIB extends beyond the workplace, and companies can make a positive difference through community engagement and social impact initiatives. Nike's Community Impact Fund focuses on creating opportunities and addressing social inequalities through programs like Made to Play and Black Community Commitment. These efforts reflect the company's commitment to social responsibility and inclusivity.

These examples highlight some of the ways in which companies are incorporating DEIB principles into their workplace practices. It's important to note that DEIB efforts should be comprehensive and ongoing, addressing systemic barriers and promoting a culture of inclusivity throughout the organization. The HR consulting experts at Next Level Benefits are ready to help your organization on a journey toward inclusive excellence.

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